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Goar Barseghyan received a visit from Tarak Ben Salem, Tunisian Ambassador to Russia

Goar Barseghyan received a visit from Tarak Ben Salem, Tunisian Ambassador to Russia

Trade and economic cooperation and possible ways to intensify the dialogue between the Republic of Tunisia and the Eurasian Economic Commission were discussed at the Tunisian side’s initiative at the working meeting between Goar Barseghyan, Director of the EEC Integration Development Department, and Tarak Ben Salem, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tunisia to the Russian Federation.

"We welcome Tunisia's interest in the Eurasian economic integration processes in general as well as practical issues of supranational regulation in the EAEU, key priorities within the context of implementing the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025," Goar Barseghyan said.

The Commission’s representative has stressed that Tunisia is an important trade and economic partner of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in the African continent. Along with that, she has reminded that the Russia-Africa Summit held in autumn 2019, during which a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of economic cooperation was signed between the EEC and the African Union, was the impetus for developing interaction between Tunisia and the EEC.

Goar Barseghyan has stressed that the Commission's dialogue with the African Union, which includes Tunisia, is designed to promote not only the development of cooperation between the two organizations in the areas determined by the Memorandum, but also to raise awareness of the African States about the Eurasian economic integration processes to increase the volume of trade and economic cooperation between the Eurasian and African States.

The Tunisian Ambassador expressed confidence in developing interaction with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The Republic of Tunisia is ready for a more active dialogue with representatives of the EAEU official and business circles, including within the events of joint Russian-Tunisian Intergovernmental Commission scheduled for autumn 2022.

For reference

Tunisia is the fourth largest trade partner of the EAEU among the African Union countries (after Egypt, Algeria and Morocco) in terms of foreign trade turnover. At year-end 2020, the EAEU countries’ trade turnover with Tunisia amounted to 0.6 bln dollars. About 90% of the EAEU's trade with Tunisia is accounted for by Russia, 6.5% - by Belarus, 0.3% - by Armenia, 3.5% - by Kazakhstan and less than 0.1% is accounted for by the Kyrgyz Republic.